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Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 4:39 a.m. PST

Last night we played an early war scenario, at Hastur Hobby in Midvale, Utah. (Using "Triplane". Sorry, no pictures. I thought about it a couple of times but lacked the gumption to dig out my camera.)

Two Eindeckers were defending a German observation balloon. One of the Eindeckers was an E.IV with two machine guns.

Three Morane "H" attackers: one was French with a Hotchkiss, the other two were British with Lewis MGs, all three using deflector plates.

I only do this batrep because it was so funny: the balloon won. Here's how it happened:

Several passes were made on the bag, none of them effective, even though two "critical hits" were scored that gave a chance for the hydrogen to go "BOOF!" The eagerness to get in as many shots as possible caused one Morane to get in too close, and in doing a wingover to come around, it got fouled by a tethering cable. Down it went, catching fire on the way. The fire went out. But on reaching the ground the pilot was killed instantly in the crash.

The other two Moranes made one last pass each at the balloon, in successive turns. Each one broke its machine gun, i.e. a jam that cannot be fixed in the air.

Both Moranes made their escape from the Eindeckers. One Morane had sustained serious damage in the attack from the Eindeckers, but nothing critical was hit.

Altogether it was about as silly as a game can get, took a lengthy amount of time, and exhausted the players in various ways. As one of us had to drive to Las Vegas today, he begged off. We all bailed early.

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

Good story !

Mako11 Inactive Member24 Mar 2017 1:24 p.m. PST

Sounds about right to me.

I love it when improbably stuff like that happens.

coopman24 Mar 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.

Hussar123 Inactive Member24 Mar 2017 7:29 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing.

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member25 Mar 2017 5:12 a.m. PST

The balloon always wins…even when it loses.

Great report. Thanks for sharing.

Blutarski26 Mar 2017 8:18 a.m. PST

Great War Ace wrote "Altogether it was about as silly as a game can get, took a lengthy amount of time, and exhausted the players in various ways. As one of us had to drive to Las Vegas today, he begged off. WE ALL BAILED EARLY."


….. Bad Move GWA, considering that none of you had any parachutes!

;-)

B

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2017 9:24 p.m. PST

Yes, I saw that, and deliberately avoided saying "bailed out". But, good call on the pun………..

Sailor Steve Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 9:00 p.m. PST

I posted this story on another forum, and only thought to drop in here today. I felt I should say something, because I was the guy who was out-thought and out-fought by the inanimate object. The whole thing was so silly I'm still laughing.

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